Posts Tagged ‘mobile apps’
  • WolframAlpha responds to the great mobile site slaying of ‘09 [follow-up]
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm
    Yes folks, another follow-up. This time it's the good boys and girls over at WolframAlpha, the intelligent, thinking search engine. If you recall, the big stink was raised yesterday when WA pulled their mobile optimized page leaving the normal page the sole solution for mobile users. To make matters worse, they made it so you were starring at a massive page filling ad encouraging you to purchase the $50 (yes that's $50 with two digits to the left of the decimal) iPhone app. Well, there's a p...
  • WolframAlpha does it all wrong, neuters free version, overprices “real” app.
    by Mike
    Posted December 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm
    In the book of "Ways to kill your profit", WolframAlpha would have a two-page spread. One page for the insane price of of an intelligent search engine/question answerer and the second page would be about how they took away a dependable service. More on that second point -- WolframAlpha used to have a pretty good iPhone optimized site. That was until they realized no one was buying their overpriced app. Solution: Neuter the free offering and force people to pay the amount of 5 large Pizza Hut...
  • IKEA trading spaces, moving in to iPhone.
    by Mike
    Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 8:17 am
    What are some of your other loves? I mean, you're here so you obviously have a thing for gadgets/technology. But that isn't all of your life. What else makes you tick? For some, interior design and furniture are their second love. If you're unfamiliar with the scene, IKEA is a fairly popular home furniture store with all kinds of classy and trendy pieces of furniture for every room in your house available for purchase. So far, they have mostly relied on their website and traditional produc...
  • Opera Mini 5 beta 2 now available!
    by Mike
    Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 7:10 am
    Using a mobile device to browse the web was nothing short of an excruciating experience not too long ago. In fact, before the iPhone came along, it out right sucked. That is unless you had some flavor of Opera Mini running on your phone. The beauty of this browser was that the main rendering was done on Opera Mini's servers wit the resulting content arriving at your phone being roughly 10% of the original size cutting loading time and increasing browsing speed greatly. Opera Mini 5 ushered i...
  • Waze for Android and iPhone gets updated. “Road Goodies” brings Pac-Man like gaming and monetary rewards to driving.
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    Think what you will, but navigation apps are pretty much reaching the end of the "feature ladder". That is, there really isn't much else you can add to GPS/navigation apps or hardware that will make it any more beneficial. Sure you can find ways to connect the device to more aspects of our lives, but all in all, getting from point A to point B with some goodies in between is straightforward (figuratively). One part of navigation devices (especially software in mobile applications) that frustr...
  • Twidroid 3.0 for Android coming early December
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 8:11 am
    Even though I wasn't initially enamored with Twitter, I have come around in the last year. While I'm still by no means a twit-a-holic, I do find myself spending more and more time on the popular micro-blogging network. Since I jumped ship from my iPhone to the Android platform, I've been looking far and wide for a comparable Twitter client. Twidroid has generally been crowned the top Android Twitter app, though unfortunately isn't even close to Tweetie 2 for the iPhone. Now I'm not saying th...
  • “Touiteur” the best looking Twitter app for Android!
    by Mike
    Posted November 21st, 2009 at 11:51 am
    One of the few faults I have with the Android platform is the lack of killer apps and polished apps. But one app by Levelup Studios called "Touiteur" looks like it will finally bring awesome functionality and eye candy. Ok, I'll admit that this app does take some iPhone-esque styling cues. Even still, I'm definitely buying this app as soon as it becomes available. So after watching the vid, can we all agree that it's easily the most functional and best looking Twitter app for Android? I'd e...
  • Android gaming hitting a setback? Developers investing less in platform?
    by Mike
    Posted November 20th, 2009 at 10:26 am
    As much as I love Android, I will admit that it's far from perfect. There are some lag issues on even top notch hardware like the Droid and the bread and butter of the mobile world, the app scene, just isn't as matured as it is on the iPhone. At a an investor conference, Gameloft finance director Alexandre de Rochefort stated that Gameloft has significantly scaled back their Android development (as have other devs) due to one main issue -- money, highlighting the fact that the iPhone platform ...
  • RIM gets it: “It’s in the apps”
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 9:22 pm
    While Microsoft's Ray Ozzie seems to believe that apps have absolutely no effect whatsoever on the success or failure of a smartphone platform, *cough...because the correlation between iPhone and Android app choices and platform success is completely unrelated....cough* RIM is finally starting to catch on to why Apple and Android are enjoying so much success -- because apps do matter. Following on the heels of the BlackBerry conference that took place this past week, RIM co-CEO's Mike Lazar...
  • From the company squandering away because of the lack of worthwhile apps: “Apps aren’t that important”
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 5:11 am
    Don't you find it funny that the people or companies who discount any given service or product are usually denial or insanely jealous? Perhaps you need an example: Microsoft. For the last year, Microsoft has been talking up it's own Mobile App Store. While not exactly marketing it as the sole reason to buy their device (much like Apple), they are giving it a fair amount of marketing dollars and spotlight. Knowing that, it's rather odd to hear Chief Architect Ray Ozzie claim that mobile apps ...
  • Another iPhone dev bites the dust. Rouge Amoeba calls it quits.
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 8:31 am
    Think Facebook's Joe Hewitt giving up on iPhone development was a one time thing? At the very l east it's a ground rule double as Rouge Amoeba has announced that they too are ceasing iPhone development on account of Apple's App Store policies. What exactly did Rouge Amoeba make? Their iPhone baby, Airfoil Speakers Touch 1.0 allows iPhone/iPod Touch users to pick up broadcasted audio from their Mac or Pc. A handy app no doubt. After they released the first version, the realized that ther...
  • iPhone Facebook lead developer Joe Hewitt calls it quits over App Store policies. [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 9:08 pm
    **Update inside: webOS in Joe's Crosshairs?... Apple may be rolling out a new window -- albeit small window -- that allows iPhone devs to peer into the inner workings of the App Store approval process, but is it too little too late? The link in the previous sentence goes to an article I just wrote on how Apple can make this new found gesture of "openness" actually useful. Again, that's already old news. It happened several hours ago. The fact of the matter is, Apple has taken so long to...
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